During its ninth plenary meeting in the beginning of February, the European Chemical Agency’s Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) has issued opinions concerning the approval of five active ingredients in 10 product types for used as biocide.
The opinions concern and support the approval of the following active substances and their product-types (PTs):
Hydrogen peroxide for PTs 1 to 6
Hydrogen peroxide is an existing active substance evaluated in PTs 1 to 6. Uses evaluated include disinfection of human skin for professionals and non-professionals (PT 1), surface disinfection of private or public rooms (PT 2), disinfection of animal housing by spraying (PT 3), aseptic packaging: disinfection of packaging for milk products (PT 4), surface disinfection in food processing facilities (PT 4), disinfection of distribution systems for drinking water (PT 4), disinfection of drinking water for humans and animals (PT 5), and preservation of paper additives (PT 6).
The evaluating competent authority of the active substance application is Finland.
Medetomidine for PT 21
Medetomidine is a new active substance evaluated in PT 21, to be used on hulls of vessels such as commercial and government ships, super-yachts and pleasure craft, to surfaces such as outdrives, outboard legs, propellers and stern gears of pleasure craft, and to structures and objects subject to immersion.
The BPC confirmed that medetomidine is a candidate for substitution by being a substance for which two of the three PBT criteria are met and contains a significant proportion of non-active isomers. The evaluating competent authority of the active substance application is the UK.
C(M)IT /MIT for PTs 6 and 11
The reaction mass of 5-chloro-2-methyl-2h-isothiazol-3-one and 2-methyl-2h-isothiazol-3-one (3:1) (C(M)IT/MIT) is an existing active substance evaluated in PTs 6 and 11. CMIT/MIT is used as an in-can preservative for wide use of applications including among others liquid detergents, paints and coatings, textile treatment solutions, adhesives and sealents (PT 6); and in liquid cooling and processing systems (PT 11).
The evaluating competent authority of the active substance application is France.
Biphenyl-2-ol for PT 1,2 and 13
Biphenyl-2-ol was notified as an existing active substance in PTs 1, 2 and 13. For PT 1, Biphenyl-2-ol is used a liquid soap formulation for hand disinfection. PT 2 products containing Biphenyl-2-ol are intended to be used as surface disinfectants in health care settings. PT 13 products are added to metal working fluids as preservatives. The evaluating competent authority of the active substance application is Spain.
Triflumuron for PT 18
For triflumuron in PT 18, the BPC adopted an opinion for non-approval, as no safe use could be demonstrated for the environment. Triflumuron is an existing active substance where products containing triflumuron are intended to be used by professionals against house flies (Musca domestica) and litter beetles (Alphitobius diaperinus) indoors and in livestock and poultry houses. It is applied to locations where insects breed such as litter, the surface of manure, cesspools and bedding materials. The evaluating competent authority of the active substance application is Italy.